RTDA Bureau Wins Prestigious International Award for Architectural Plan of ITMO Highpark
The architectural bureau RTDA, which developed the general architectural plan for the ITMO Highpark innovations center, has won the prestigious A’ Design Award & Competition for their concept of the new ITMO University campus. A’ Design Award is an annual prize that recognizes the best projects on the concept stage, as well as prototypes and finished products already represented on the market. The award is conferred in over 100 nominations in the field of design.
The RTDA architectural bureau (formerly BRT RUS) was founded in 2004 as a joint venture by INTECO Group and the German architectural bureau BRT Architekten to develop residential and commercial real estate projects in Moscow and regions of the Russian Federation. RTDA specializes in architectural and urban planning, as well as complex analysis of urban development issues and improvement of public spaces. The bureau’s portfolio includes such major projects as the development of Imereti Lowlands for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, the design of a new residential district in Mumbai (India) and others.
Having won the competition organized by ITMO Highpark JSC from September 4 to October 1, 2018, the Moscow bureau was commissioned to develop a territorial master plan for ITMO Highpark, propose the architectural look and design of inner spaces of ITMO Highpark’s main buildings, map out the transport and pedestrian infrastructure and rest areas, and integrate the project into the overall plan of the neighboring areas. The total cost of the architectural project is estimated at 59 million rubles.
RTDA’s innovative concept was recognized by the A’ Design Award & Competition, one of the world’s leading accolades created for celebration and promotion of the best works across all countries and branches of design, from arts and architecture to fashion, communication and product design. As noted by the organizers, A’ Design is not just an award but a globally recognized symbol of exceptional design excellence. Winning the award is considered to be the highest achievement in design.
“It’s great to know that the company we collaborated with when developing the architectural concept of a new ITMO University campus has yet again confirmed their professionalism with a prestigious award. The RTDA bureau and we share the same outlook, and it was very easy and pleasant working with each other. And, going back to the award, it is not insignificant that the award our colleagues received is of the highest, international level. This means that we’re building a campus that in a sense have received positive recognition by and approval of the international community,” commented Daria Kozlova, ITMO’s First Vice Rector.
Changing each year, A’ Design Award & Competition’s jury panel consists of world-class designers, established academics, prominent members of press and entrepreneurs selected in the course of a strict evaluation process.
ITMO Highpark is an innovations center and university campus situated in the satellite-city Yuzhny in the Pushkinsky District of St. Petersburg. An area of approximately 100 hectares will house a new ITMO campus, business incubators and cutting-edge production facilities, research centers, dormitories, staff housing, and educational buildings for Master’s and PhD students. It is expected that by 2027, ITMO Highpark will accommodate 3,600 students, 12,000 employees, five cutting-edge production facilities, and some 50 international research laboratories. This forward-looking city of innovations will focus on applied research and development in the fields of artificial intelligence, cyber-physical systems, photonics, quantum technologies, urban science and others.